In the past few years, I've made my classrooms a kind of competitive place. I've talked before on this blog about my reward system and that most of the stuff I do in class has at least a few students who get a stamp, which equals 1% of their final grade. Most of the students seem to enjoy it, but there are some who comment in every class that they weren't so into it. The non-competitive, or weaker at English students I think. However, in Korea it's all about ranking and comparing against your peers, so my system plays right into the Korean mindset and culture.
But, I can't stop having this kind of nagging feeling in the bottom of my stomach that learning is all about cooperation and collaboration, not competition. And I wonder if it's time for a change. And, it would have been years earlier if my students genuinely wanted to learn English and had their own internal motivation/reward thing going. But, sadly, most do not. Hmmm....what to do. Reader ideas?